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Sunday, April 16, 2017

Pastoral Reflections

Today’s readings focus on the astonishing event of Jesus’ Resurrection from the tomb. In Acts, we hear Peter’s address to the friends and relatives of Cornelius, a Gentile. In his speech, Peter summarizes the mission and ministry of Jesus, presenting the Resurrection as the climax of Jesus’ life. As the anointed one of God, Jesus “went about doing good” and then He commissioned His disciples to “preach and to testify” in His name. In the verses following today’s reading, Cornelius and his group receive the Holy Spirit and are baptized.

Today’s psalm was likely intended for an assembly to sing at a liturgy. Just as ancient worshipers did, today’s Christian assemblies are invited to give thanks for the mercy and goodness of the Lord. Today Christian assemblies are invited to lift up their voices in thanksgiving for the enduring mercy of God.

The brief passage from Colossians is part of a longer homily by Paul on the new life in Christ that has been won through His Resurrection. In the verse following this reading, Paul continues to describe this new life in Christ. But first he makes it clear that they need to keep their minds focused on the glory of the Risen Lord. That will be their source of commitment and joy.

John’s account of the Resurrection paints a scene of confusion along with the first gleams of understanding. Mary of Magdala is distressed; Peter and “the other disciple” run to see the evidence. Although both see, it is “the other disciple [who]…saw and believed.” The last sentence seems confusing. In spite of what they saw and even believed, they “did not yet understand.” In a powerful irony, the empty tomb is nevertheless a sign of the fullness of life. Understanding would be slow to grow. At Home with the Word.

In His love and mine,

Fr. Ken

 

In the Spring of 1988, Bishop William D. Keeler formed a new parish to accommodate the rapid growth in Silver Spring Township and named Reverend James R. O’Brien as the founding pastor. That same year, Mother Katharine Drexel was beatified by Pope John Paul, II. Saint Katharine DrexelAt Bishop Keeler’s request, the Holy Father gave his permission to name the Parish in Silver Spring Township as the first parish in the world to be named in her honor. Eighteen years later, on October 1, 2000, Blessed Katharine Drexel was canonized and the church’s name changed to Saint Katharine Drexel.

The Saint Katharine Drexel Parish Family, guided by the Holy Spirit, commits itself to reaching out and sharing with all people the love and service modeled by our patroness, with the Eucharist as our source of strength. Through prayer and action, we will serve God, our Lord and Savior, and our community, exhibiting a special concern for the poor, oppressed and marginalized of our society, especially those among the African-American & Native-American peoples.

 

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